Word Wars | 2004
For these players, Scrabble is more than a domestic nicety, it's an obsession. This project follows the lives of four of the top-rated Scrabble players in the country as they crisscross the United States in heated competitions culminating in their ultimate quest--the $25,000 top prize awarded at the national tournament in San Diego. Warning: This is not your grandmother's game of Scrabble. With its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, Word Wars uncovers the fiercely competitive, highly idiosyncratic world of professional Scrabble. Defending champ Joe Edley, known as the Jack Nicklaus of Scrabble, has memorized the dictionary many times over. Matt Graham, a stand-up comic, takes a lot of "natural drugs" to aid his concentration. Marlon Hill despises the English language for stripping him of his African identity. "G.I." Joel Sherman (the G.I. is for gastrointestinal) downs copious amounts of Maalox. With a keen eye for the whimsical, Word Wars pays homage to its troops, who are sacrificing their pocketbooks to defend the glory and the majesty of the mighty m-o-r-p-h-e-m-e, an eight-letter word for "word."